U.S. Transportation Command begins large-scale sealift readiness exercise

September 17, 2019 – U.S. Transportation Command began a large-scale sealift readiness exercise Sept. 16, as part of its Turbo Activation exercise series, ordering dozens of ships to sea. These exercises typically involve only a few ships but this event targets 28 vessels for activation to provide a better assessment of the readiness of U.S. sealift forces than can be accomplished with fewer activations. This scale will also stress the underlying support network involved in maintaining, manning and operating the nation’s ready sealift forces. Turbo Activation has, since 1994, served…

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US Navy Releases RFP for Large Unmanned Surface Vessel Conceptual Designs

September 6, 2019 – The U.S. Navy released a request for proposals to industry for the award of multiple conceptual designs of the Navy’s first block of Large Unmanned Surface Vessels (LUSV), Sept. 5. These prototype design contracts will integrate common Government Furnished Equipment warfare systems with commercially derived platforms in order to mature specifications and cost estimates to inform the Detail Design and Construction request for proposals. Large Unmanned Surface Vessels of this configuration will be procured starting in fiscal 2021 with competitive Detail Design and Construction contract award(s).…

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U.S., Allied Forces Complete EOD Exercise Hydracrab 2019

August 31, 2019 – Expeditionary forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States completed exercise Hydracrab 2019, Aug. 31. Hydracrab was a first-of-its-kind quadrilateral exercise with key partner nations, which began Aug. 19 and spanned two weeks. The exercise aimed to prepare allied explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) forces to operate as an integrated, capable force in the changing and complex maritime Indo-Pacific region. “During the inaugural EOD Hydracrab exercise, our teams took on an incredible compilation of highly-realistic unit level drills, and several tactics exchanges,” said Cmdr. Andrew…

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Serco Wins US Navy C4ISR Contract

August 12, 2019 – Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced today that the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) has named the Company as one of six award winners for an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract. Serco will continue to support the U.S. Navy in the installation and testing of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. The contract vehicle has a ceiling value of $2.45 billion over a five-year base period and one five-year option period. Serco will compete for…

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Navy, Marine Corps Leaders Witness New Expeditionary Warfare USV in Action at ANTX Demonstration

August 26, 2019 – The Navy civilian engineers who developed a unique weaponized unmanned surface vehicle (USV) tested by the Marine Corps in July envision that its technological capabilities will revolutionize naval warfare. The Expeditionary Warfare USV – capable of performing force protection and long-range USV missions during distributed maritime operations, littoral operations in a contested environment, and expeditionary advanced base operations – was developed for Navy surface warfare and Marine Corps expeditionary warfare missions, they announced Aug. 26. “We believe the USV autonomous sensing, targeting, and engagement systems demonstrate…

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Israeli Navy Exercise Mighty Waves Concluded

August 12, 2019 – The international naval exercise lead by the Israeli Navy, “Mighty Waves”, was concluded today. The forces practiced a scenario simulating a major earthquake in Israel. Ten foreign navies participated in the exercise. The US, French and Greek navies participated by dispatching naval vessels. In addition, Cyprus, Chile, Italy, Germany, Canada, the UK and NATO sent staff representatives. Amongst other skills, the navies practiced medical treatment, above and below water rescue operations, firing ranges and naval maneuvers and formations. In addition to various other branches of the…

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Raytheon Delivers First NGJ-MB Pod for Navy Testing

August 5, 2019 – Raytheon Company delivered the first Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band Engineering and Manufacturing Development pod to the U.S. Navy to begin ground and aircraft integration testing. Raytheon will deliver 15 EMD pods for mission systems testing and qualification as well as 14 aeromechanical pods for airworthiness certification. NGJ-MB is a high-capacity and power airborne electronic attack weapon system for the EA-18G GROWLER. It will protect air forces by denying, degrading and disrupting threat radars and communication devices. “The first NGJ-MB pod is out the door,” said Stefan…

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Washington State Sues Navy Over NAS Whidbey Island

July 9, 2019 – Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy over the Navy’s expansion of its Growler airfield operations on Whidbey Island. In March, the Navy authorized an expansion of its Growler program, increasing Growler take-offs and landings to nearly 100,000 per year for the next 30 years. Growlers are aircraft that fly low in order to jam enemy communications. The aircraft’s training regimen involves frequent, loud take-offs and landings. The Attorney General’s Office asserts that the Navy’s environmental review process for the expansion…

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CGI to Develop electronic Procurement System (ePS) for USN/USMC

July 30, 2019 – CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) announced it has been awarded a 10-year, $222.9 million contract by the Space and Naval War Systems Command (SPAWAR) Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems to develop the electronic Procurement System (ePS), an end-to-end contract writing system that will provide U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel with standardized, comprehensive contract and procurement management for services, supplies, construction and grants. Under the contract, the Navy and Marine Corps will use CGI’s proprietary Momentum® Acquisitions software to process all of the Navy…

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Huntington Ingalls to Install And Support Navy C4ISR Systems

July 22, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Technical Solutions division is one of six companies included on a contract to provide installation services for all afloat command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and supporting systems to Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR). The contract has a base period of five years and a potential value of $2.45 billion. “We are excited about this opportunity to continue supporting the Navy’s C4ISR programs,” said Brad Mason, president of Technical Solutions’ Fleet Support group. “Our highly…

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Exercise Talisman Sabre Concludes

July 27, 2019 – The closing ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 has been held in the Port of Brisbane today, marking the conclusion of Australia’s largest bilateral defence exercise with the United States. Over 1,000 personnel embarked on the USS Wasp to formally close the exercise and farewell those who participated over the past two weeks. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said Talisman Sabre was a major success, increasing interoperability between the Australian and United States defence forces, and strengthening ties with other participating nations.…

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Show of Force

July 12, 2019 – In a demonstration of combat power, 17 warships from four nations united at first light to conduct a close-in formation at the opening stages of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019. Amphibious Assault Ship USS Wasp and Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan led the fleet with Australia’s Landing Helicopter Docks HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra and Japan’s helicopter destroyer JS Ise formed up in close proximity. Other warships from Canada, Japan, the United States and Australia, including the frigates HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta, escorted the show of…

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HII Awarded U.S. Navy Contract to Install And Support C4ISR Systems

July 22, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Technical Solutions division is one of six companies included on a contract to provide installation services for all afloat command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and supporting systems to Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR). The contract has a base period of five years and a potential value of $2.45 billion. “We are excited about this opportunity to continue supporting the Navy’s C4ISR programs,” said Brad Mason, president of Technical Solutions’ Fleet Support group. “Our…

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